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1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. 10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. 12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. 13 The LORD shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. 14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. 15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. 16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous. 18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. 19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. 21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth. 22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. 23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. 27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. 28 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. 29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. 30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. 32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. 33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. 34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. 35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. 36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. 37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. 38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53
Chapter 54
Chapter 55
Chapter 56
Chapter 57
Chapter 58
Chapter 59
Chapter 60
Chapter 61
Chapter 62
Chapter 63
Chapter 64
Chapter 65
Chapter 66
Chapter 67
Chapter 68
Chapter 69
Chapter 70
Chapter 71
Chapter 72
Chapter 73
Chapter 74
Chapter 75
Chapter 76
Chapter 77
Chapter 78
Chapter 79
Chapter 80
Chapter 81
Chapter 82
Chapter 83
Chapter 84
Chapter 85
Chapter 86
Chapter 87
Chapter 88
Chapter 89
Chapter 90
Chapter 91
Chapter 92
Chapter 93
Chapter 94
Chapter 95
Chapter 96
Chapter 97
Chapter 98
Chapter 99
Chapter 100
Chapter 101
Chapter 102
Chapter 103
Chapter 104
Chapter 105
Chapter 106
Chapter 107
Chapter 108
Chapter 109
Chapter 110
Chapter 111
Chapter 112
Chapter 113
Chapter 114
Chapter 115
Chapter 116
Chapter 117
Chapter 118
Chapter 119
Chapter 120
Chapter 121
Chapter 122
Chapter 123
Chapter 124
Chapter 125
Chapter 126
Chapter 127
Chapter 128
Chapter 129
Chapter 130
Chapter 131
Chapter 132
Chapter 133
Chapter 134
Chapter 135
Chapter 136
Chapter 137
Chapter 138
Chapter 139
Chapter 140
Chapter 141
Chapter 142
Chapter 143
Chapter 144
Chapter 145
Chapter 146
Chapter 147
Chapter 148
Chapter 149
Chapter 150

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1 Deena E = "In other words, don't be bothered by what bad people are getting away with. "
2 Deena E = "David's solution to not getting consumed by what evildoers are getting away with is to be preoccupied with a trust in the Lord. "Trust in the Lord and do good," he says, confident that God is full of justice and resting assured that he takes care of those who place their hope in him."
3 Raymond Huerta = "The good person is not to get stirred up by the success of the wicked. The verb used here is one that derives from a root that means "to heat up."Alter, Robert. "37." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
4 Enakshi Ganguly = "Psalms 37 Commentary"
5 Enakshi Ganguly = "Psalm 37: What To Do When Bad Guys Win"
6 Enakshi Ganguly = ""
7 Raymond Huerta = "This simile is a common image in biblical poetry. It is especially concrete for someone living in the climate of the Near East, where, after the rainy season ends in late spring, there is a great heat and no rain, so that everything green withers.Alter, Robert. "37." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
8 Raymond Huerta = "Often translated as "keep faith," literally meaning "shepherd trust."Alter, Robert. "37." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
9 Deena E = "The word give here also means to set or to place [in/on].In other words, take pleasure in the Lord and he will set in your heart his desires (he will change your perspective)."
10 Cary W = "God created us for fellowship and to share in His vast kingdom, for thus does He so delight in us, His own children.  As we also delight only in Him, he hears and sees the desires of our heart and takes joy in blessing those desires into manifestation."
11 Sarah Mangum = ""
12 Enakshi Ganguly = ""
13 Enakshi Ganguly = ""
14 Raymond Huerta = "This is a plea for calmness in the face of the success of the wicked.Alter, Robert. "37." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
15 Cary W = "That is why it is best to not hold any angst against a brother, but rather to let God do the work of correction on our behalf.  This meekness grants us access to His authority and inheritance and grants us precious peace, for when we act in any other way rather than love, it is our own peace that is harmed."
16 Raymond Huerta = "This verse takes uses a didactic proverb ("Better x than y") and thus reflects the wisdom character of the psalm.Alter, Robert. "37." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
17 Raymond Huerta = "Often translated as "embraces," a verb sometimes used sexually that implies intimate knowledge and affection.Alter, Robert. "37." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
18 Raymond Huerta = "The importance of this line is that it in part explains Jewish liturgy at the end of the grace after meals. The only way to sustain the idea that no just person is ever in want is to assume that a needy person must somehow be unjust, whatever the appearances to the contrary. This is the very conclusions that Job's friends draw about him: If he is sorely afflicted, he must have done something wrong to deserve it. The Job poet challenges this received wisdom and proposes a more complicated vision.Alter, Robert. "37." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
19 Raymond Huerta = "This psalm, with its heavy reliance on proverbial wisdom, tends to a good deal of repetitiousness in its format.Alter, Robert. "37." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
20 Deena E = "The translated word land was referencing the whole earth. "
21 Sarah Mangum = ""
22 Raymond Huerta = "This line picks up the image from the beginning of the poem of the ephemerality of the triumph of evil as the transience of green growing things. It participates in the exhortation to the listener not to be perturbed by the seeming success of the wicked, for this success will soon be reversed.Alter, Robert. "37." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
23 Deena E = "There is nothing like peace. Something about walking in integrity, whether it is recognized or not, noticed or unnoticed, gives a person great peace. David was saying to take note of an upright person, they have peace that comes not from external factors, but from within."
24 Raymond Huerta = "The concluding line of the psalm is triadic, instead of the dyadic pattern of the preceding lines. This is a formal device often used in biblical poetry to mark closure.Alter, Robert. "37." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."